Big Island Shopping

Residents like to complain that there isn't a lot of great shopping on the Big Island, but unless you're searching for winter coats, you can find plenty to deplete your pocketbook.

Dozens of shops in Kailua-Kona offer a range of souvenirs from far-flung corners of the globe and plenty of local coffee and foodstuffs to take home to everyone you left behind. Housewares and artworks made from

local materials (lauhala, coconut, koa, and milo wood) fill the shelves of small boutiques and galleries throughout the island. Upscale shops in the resorts along the Kohala Coast carry high-end clothing and accessories, as do a few boutiques scattered around the island. Galleries and gift shops, many showcasing the work of local artists, fill historical buildings in Waimea, Kainaliu, Holualoa, and Hawi. Hotel shops generally offer the most attractive and original resort wear, but, as with everything else at resorts, the prices run higher than elsewhere on the island.

In general, stores on the Big Island open at 9 or 10 am and close by 6 pm. Hilo's Prince Kuhio Plaza stays open until 8 pm on weekdays and 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. In Historic Kona Village, most shopping plazas geared to tourists remain open until 9 pm. Grocery stores such as KTA Superstore are open until 11 pm.

High prices are entirely too common at the island's resort spas, but a handful of unique experiences are worth every penny. Beyond the resorts, the Big Island is also home to independent massage therapists and day spas that offer similar treatments for lower prices, albeit usually in a slightly less luxurious atmosphere. In addition to the obvious relaxation benefits of any spa trip, the Big Island's spas have done a fantastic job incorporating local traditions and ingredients into their menus. Massage artists work with coconut or kukui (candlenut) oil, hot-stone massages are conducted with volcanic stones, and ancient healing techniques such as lomilomi—a massage technique with firm, constant movement—are staples at every island spa.

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Cliff Johns Gallery

  • Local Specialties

Under new ownership, this fine-art gallery still retains the name of local woodworker Cliff Johns, who had a knack for sourcing unique,...

Coconut Grove Marketplace

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This meandering oceanfront marketplace includes gift shops, cafés, restaurants (Outback Steakhouse, Humpy's Big Island Alehouse, Bongo...

Gallery of Great Things

  • Art Galleries

You might lose yourself exploring the trove of fine art and collectibles in every price range at this gallery, which represents hundreds...

Harbor Gallery

  • Local Specialties

Since 1990, this gallery has been enticing visitors with a vast collection of paintings and sculptures by more than 200 Big Island artists.

Hilo Coffee Mill

  • Food/Candy

In addition to a fantastic coffee-farm tour, the Hilo Coffee Mill sells coffee from a variety of local producers, along with locally...

Hula Lamps of Hawaii

  • Art Galleries

Located near Costco in the Kaloko Light Industrial complex, this one-of-a-kind shop features the bronze creations of artist Charles Moore.

Just Ukes

  • Local Specialties

As the name suggests, this place is all about ukeleles—from music books to T-shirts to accessories like cases and bags. The independently...

Kona Coffee & Tea Company

  • Local Specialties

Its location across from the Honokohau Harbor makes this family-owned coffee company's retail outlet a good bet for some easy gourmet...

Two Ladies Kitchen

  • Food/Candy

This hole-in-the-wall confections shop has made a name for itself thanks to its pillowy mochi (Japanese rice pounded into a sticky...

Woodshop Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Run by local artists Peter and Jeanette McLaren, this Honomu gallery showcases their woodwork and photography collections along with...

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